A Preamble to Life on the Road

by Zach January 28, 2013

Kitsbow is in the enviable position of planning a trip spanning five consecutive months of summer vacation aboard a full-sized, self-sustaining Mercedes Benz Sprinter van stocked with all our bikes and photography gear. But even as intoxicating as the thought of sending this adventure-mobile off into the wild expanse of an empty map may be, we have bigger plans beyond simply finding incredible places to ride and the means of telling their stories and sharing the photos. The Kitsbow Sprinter van program is more than just an adventure or a fancy means of showing off our collection — it’s our way of giving back, by finding ways to support and sustain the sport that has already given us so much. But to really get the most out of every mile of the trip, we want to hear your hypotheticals too. Where would you go? Who would you ride with and what would you shoot?

As it stands, the plan is to shove off from Larkspur in April, when we will embark as pilot, cartographer, and soigneur to the sport. And with the passing of winter’s apex, we are slowly filling an empty map with events, trails, and the destinations that will comprise our summer schedule. But we were also hoping to hear where you would ride if given the chance, or where you’d like to meet us — because we’d like to come to you. This isn’t just a journey about participating in and documenting the sport we love so dearly, it’s also about sustaining it. We like to think of mountain biking as a good thing, and naturally, we like to surround ourselves with good things. We’re passionate about ensuring that these things continue to be more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone else.

For a bit of reference, we’re already extremely excited to be at events like Sea Otter in April, the Evergreen MTB Festival in June, Downieville in July, Crankworx in August, Tahoe Fat Tire in September, and Outerbike in October. We’d also like to be lending a hand for races like the Trans Rockies, the Breck Epic, 24 Hours of Moab, and maybe even the Iceman Cometh — a full 2500 miles away from home here in Marin. Of course there are many others on our preliminary outline, which is why we need your help narrowing the field.

So what does your “must-see/must-ride/must-attend” bucket list of places, trails, and events look like? There is no backwater town or local rite of passage too small, no festival too quirky, and no enduro event or trailbuilding day too hyped. We’ll have plenty of room in the Sprinter, so if it’s washing machines to freshen up your kit between legs of a 24 hour race, prizes for your podium winners, coffee for your volunteers, tools for quick trailside assistance, or tasty grillables for your wrecking crew after a day of carving out berms, let us know how we can bring the Kitsbow Sprinter’s support to you.

So help us get the story out. Send this link to your local organizers, riding buddies, retweet our challenge on Twitter (re: #sendthesprinter), or share the story from our Facebook page. You can also contact us directly via email here with your ideas. Give us places and dates, and hopefully, we’ll see you out there.

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